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The Duhem-Quine thesis and experimental economics: A reinterpretation

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    The Duhem-Quine thesis asserts that any empirical evaluation of a theory is in fact a composite test of several interconnected hypotheses. Recalcitrant evidence signals falsity within the conjunction of hypotheses, but logic alone cannot pinpoint the individual element(s) inside the theoretical cluster responsible for a false prediction. This paper considers the relevance of the Duhem-Quine thesis for experimental economics. A starting point is to detail how laboratory evaluations of economic hypotheses constitute composite tests. Another aim is to scrutinize the strategy of conducting a series of experiments in order to hem in the source(s) of disconfirmative evidence. A Bayesian approach is employed to argue that reproducing experiments is not necessarily useful in terms of identifying correct causes of recalcitrant data.

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    Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 21/2002.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: 18 Jun 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2002_021

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    Keywords: Experimental economics; methodology; Duhem-Quine thesis;

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    1. Chris Starmer, 1999. "Experiments in economics: should we trust the dismal scientists in white coats?," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(1), pages 1-30.
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